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  • All beaches and water attractions have been ordered closed for the Easter weekend as the Government ramps up measures to contain the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, made the announcement at a digital press conference at Jamaica House, on Wednesday (April 8).
  • Mr. Holness said he is aware that many Jamaicans were looking forward to enjoying the beaches over the holiday.

All beaches and water attractions have been ordered closed for the Easter weekend as the Government ramps up measures to contain the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, made the announcement at a digital press conference at Jamaica House, on Wednesday (April 8).

Mr. Holness said he is aware that many Jamaicans were looking forward to enjoying the beaches over the holiday

period, as many years ago he too would go to the beach over the Easter period.

The Prime Minister said he was announcing the decision with a heavy heart, but it has to be done to prevent the spread of the virus.

Meanwhile, in response to queries as to whether persons will be permitted to visit rivers and waterfalls, Attorney General, Marlene Malahoo Forte, stated that all water facilities will be closed to the public.

“As the Prime Minister has said, it is to ensure that persons are not gathering and engaging in activities that will put them at risk of transmitting or contracting the COVID-19. So, the beaches are closed and that includes the rivers and the waterfalls and all other water attractions. Be reminded, also, that places of amusement remain closed,” she said.

The Order relating to the closure of the beaches and other water attractions is among several new Orders imposed by the Government, including new curfew hours for the holiday period and beyond.

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